Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Final Holiday Decorations...and a tip for Making Medallions...

Maya Road has these great oversized bottle caps, which seem to me just the right size for creating something fun inside. Here I used a few of our punches--the dove and the holly, and laid them on top of a medallion (see below.) In the other one, I made a Grungepaper rose, added rock Candy Distress Stickles to it, after inking and stamping, and laid down a vintage image and some silver glass glitter under the flower. Oh, yeah, threw in a few inked leaves...
I've been making medallions lately, and have found a way to make them so that they do not break or fall apart as you are trying to get them together. I know many people are already successful without this tip...but I have heard from lots of people who have had the medallion tear or come apart, as they are trying to get it together. I cut the medallion with the Tim Holtz Sizzix die, which perforates the strip. Then I put some of the Tim Holtz tissue tape on one or both sides.
This will reinforce the paper so there is no separating at any of the perforations, but also, it adds a design element by making a border appear around the edges. I especially like the music tape...I also really like to dip the outer edges in Glossy Accents or a fluid matte medium like Ranger's Studio matte medium, and roll the whole thing on its edge through the medium grit pure silver glass glitter...gives it a nice vintage look. On the white one below, I added a glittered chipboard snowflake, from Melissa Frances, and one of the Tim Holtz buttons..You could very easily ink the tissue tape, too, to keep the medallion all red, for example...
The one below has a vintage button in the center, and in the last photo, I just went plain crazy making medallions...


  1. I love the tip to use Tim's tissue tape, I have had the problem of them ripping at the perforations.....thanks!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  2. Hello,

    You sure went crazy making the rosettes ! But... they are to die for !

    I really like the rosette in the large bottlecap, but adding the tissuetape is also a nice extra on the rosettes.

    The last photo is really nice to see : all those rosettes together ! Yummy !

    greetings from belgium

  3. Thanks for the great ideas! Putting the die in the plates at an angle (instead of straight) helps with the tearing/separating, too.

  4. Love the idea of adding the tissue tape to the medallion! Fabulous - I'll be trying this out for sure!

  5. Great idea! I used plain masking tape too! Your medallions are gorgeous!

  6. Using the tissue tape is brilliant! Off to try it now.